The Wilderness Ranger District of the Gila National Forest is seeking public comments on a proposal to remove unbranded and unauthorized cattle from the Gila Wilderness. According to a news release, the removal, using lethal and/or non-lethal methods is necessary for the protection of resources. The news release further states that a total of 756 cattle have been removed (alive or euthanized) from the Gila Wilderness. In February 2022, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services conducted a 2-day aerial operation during which 65 cattle were killed. In addition, “If lethal removal methods are selected, an area closure would be implemented prior to and during any aerial euthanasia missions.” All cattle would be left onsite to naturally decompose. The shooting would be scheduled over a two seven-day periods during winter when visitor activity within the Gila Wilderness is lowest. The public is encouraged to submit issues or ideas in forming a final proposal that meets certain described needs. Comments must be received or postmarked by January 9, 2023. For more detailed information, go to silver city radio dot com or contact the Forest Service at 575-388-8201.
The Tour of the Gila, New Mexico’s premiere bicycle race, takes place April 26 – April 30, 2023, in Silver City. The 5-day stage race is one of the most challenging and iconic stage races in North America. This year we will be celebrating 36 years of bicycle racing in southwest New Mexico! Registration for this year’s Tour of the Gila opens on Black Friday, November 25th and is offering a Black Friday Discount! Read more about it at tour of the gila dot com.
The Silver City Gospel Mission needs volunteers for cooking, serving and cleaning up for the Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow November 24th. Volunteers will be needed starting at 8:00 A.M. The Mission will also need volunteers to make turkey sandwiches to hand out on November 25th. Please, call Randy at 575-388-5071 to be assigned a duty.